Thursday, January 28, 2010

Obama - I am mighty impressed

I was watching Obama give his "State of the Union" address to the Congress in the US today. Wow, he talked glib, loud and lots of right words. Lots of jingoism, implicit and in-the-face digs at the Republicans, jobs, tax breaks, college education sops, taxing the Wall Street cash cows, health insurance and reforms, tightening the belt by freezing Govt spending, deficit and debt, national security, immigration, gays, national values etc.

He talked really well, cracked jokes at times, smiled a lot, acknowledged mistakes, challenged detractors and threatened to use his veto powers. Boy, he was persuasive in his vocal theatrics in spite of the long talk!!!

If only Obama and his folks walk the talk, but that is another thing. :-)

Meanwhile thinking why we do not have anything like that in India. All the Republic Day/Independence Day speeches by our politicians are so drab and monotonous with no crackle or energy. The Governor's address to the Chief Minister of his state should not contain any negative comment about the Government even if it was mired in controversy. So much so for democracy.

8 comments:

gils said...

best part enanana..governor urai mel vivaatham solitu..avangalay sanda potupaanga :D athaan best part

Srivats said...

I watched the clipings in the news channel and I guess he mentioned that India and China are growing and US shouldnt stay back, now thats a WOW, USA sees us as a threat to growing powerful than them, its a clear message ! :P

RamMmm said...

@gils-:-D. I don't see the opposition say something positive about the government nor the reverse in public. :-(

@Srivats-Jobs, jobs and jobs was the underlying theme of his presentation.

Swaram said...

Oh ya .. the talk ws gud .. as u hv said, hope he does the walk part :D

chennai girl said...

Obamaa - IMO, he says right things at the right time..Bt how long it can survive is the question....

Ramesh said...

He's a great public speaker. How he can move audiences with his rhetoric . We had some great orators too, except that none has really taken to televsion. But I've heard the younger Vajpayee live - he could mesmerise, especially when he spoke in Hindi. As could Piloo Mody. Today's lot is however pathetic.

zeno said...

Barking Dogs Seldom Bite :);)

RamMmm said...

@Swaram, chennai girl-True, if all that he does is talk, it will become his epitaph.

@Ramesh-Yep, Vajpayee was known for his wit and oratory. Hopefully we get someone who can do at least some of those things. TV needs some sense, not all nonsense, which it is these days. We never had public bi-partisanship in our politics. It was always either they or us.

@zeno-Hopefully he bites. He knows that. Look at Sarkozy. He barks and he bites as well. :-)